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Caffeine Champion: Coffee Vs. Latte


A lot of us savor over the thought of drinking that cup of coffee in the morning to kick start our day, surrounded by the aroma and warmth of that first drink, reminding us of that exhale of comfort, similar to laying down in a jacuzzi at first touch, warm but soothing to the soul. Some drink lattes or swift shots of espresso with the intentions of jacking our brain cells and energy levels to kick us into action as we prepare for our day, ignoring the unavoidable bitter and sometimes enjoyable taste of deep, refined and dark coffee roasted beans.

Now, some say coffee has the most caffeine, others argue that espresso, in a latte, proportionate in size has the more heavily dense and concentrated caffeine, the taste says it all! Well, we are here to find out who reigns champion, Coffee Vs. Latte, condensed espresso vs refined, course light beans.

Coffee, in its simplicity, is water. Hot water filters through coffee grinds, course or fine as preference. When the hot water filters through, it is able to grab all the oil with it, in which is dark in color. The oil is what we call coffee. The oil from coffee beans contains caffeine, varying in strength. The lighter the roast, more caffeine, the darker the roast, the less amount of caffeine. Reasoning behind this is that the darker the roast, the more the bean is cooked, and when something is cooked longer, or darker in this case, the more the moisture evaporates and is removed from the bean, meaning there is less caffeine or oil present. Once the hot water filters through the beans, we are left with a final product of coffee. Very simple. We can say now that light roasted beans have the most caffeine, as compared to dark which has less. If you are still confused, read this next paragraph for further explanation. If you got it, jolly! Skip the next paragraph!

So, we shall continue. Now, if you are still questioning, "So, how does this dark and light thing work? It doesn't make sense! Dark tastes so much stronger, I feel so alert!!". Now, it is false to say dark has NO caffeine, just a lot less. Some say that the bitter taste of dark plays a placebo on the mind in terms of alertness and caffeine content. But let me give you an example. Eggs. When they are cooked, to the prime, light method of sunny side up, you are left with an abundantly nutritional meal, simple and sustainable in terms of taste. Now say we burn the
eggs, we are left with a black form that has little nutritional value, and the darkest and bitterest of taste. I hope you got it now! :)

OK. Lattes are the most delicious form of caffeine packed beverage. Lattes, in their most blandest understanding, is Espresso (condensed dark coffee) mixed in with milk, which can vary in fat content. The fatter the milk, the more smooth and silky the latte will taste. Now, don't go drinking half/half latte's (I'm looking at you Keto dietors). One could say that due to the Espresso content in the Latte's, Latte's are more caffeine packed which is true in one form.

 

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20049372

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20049372

Now, which one wins? Which has more caffeine? And the answer is, it depends. Yes, it depends what you are drinking and how your drink was made. It depends on the ratio of your coffee-to-water, as well as the amount espresso-to-water. We could say that, with a standard of 16oz latte which traditionally contains 2 shots of espresso, and a 16oz coffee with a standard ratio of 1.5 cups of water for each tablespoon of coffee, it is said that the cup of coffee contains more caffeine. Yes, in proportional industry standards of brew ratio and espresso content, a cup ofcoffee has more caffeine.

 

Becoming a Coffee Hero

You use too much paper. Yes, you. You use too much paper, and you probably don’t even realize it. But I, a blogger, can help you. I have easily set in motion a solution that will help fix your unhealthy habit, along with millions of others. The solution is simple, and shocking at first, but a wave of comfort and logic will set in and you will be put to ease of the challenging epidemic that is heading our way. When you buy coffee at a cafe, ask for a ceramic or glass cup. Yes, I know you are sighing and probably find this somewhat uncomforting and a trivial nuisance, and yes many order your cups to go, but if you are sitting down in the café or coffee shop, ask for a ceramic or glass cup. Now, sit back, grab some popcorn (or coffee) and get ready for some fact checking statistics.

Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world.
— HuffingtonPost.com

Usually hot drinks are brought out in a ceramic cup, and a cold drink is brought out in a glass cup. The thought of having a hand-crafted beverage in a cup that you would usually use when you are at home, gives you a very pleasant experience.  The taste is more pure, simple and clean. You could say it’s a renewable organic product. You just clean ceramic, whereas recycling a paper cup is much costlier for mother nature. Rather than that, the comfort along with having a ceramic instead of a paper cup is great. It invokes emotions that relate to an “at home” feeling and one that allows you to focus more and stimulate ideas. Though science hasn’t confirmed this, nor do I think that there is even a study on this topic out there, I found this true for me. On top of that, we just consume a lot of coffee, and it so happens to be a lot of them are paper.

 

According to the paper industry, Americans will consume an estimated 23 billion paper coffee cups in 2010. Rob Martin, the Vice President of Merchandising and Production for Tully’s Coffee, estimated the 2006 use usage at 16 billion paper cups.
— Sustainabilityissexy.com

To say that we consumed beverages that carried about 23 billion paper cups in 2010 has a lot to say about our economy and our social lifestyles. It is also a reason why Yimmies Café is going to be initiating a frequent consumer program. When you, the customer, are frequent drinkers at the café, we make a cup with your name on it and leave it in our store so you don’t have to carry the cup around with you. On top of that, Yimmies will holding through on weekly cup orders, so if you want a drink ready at 7am, we will make it at 6:59, so that when you walk in through that Yimmies door, it is hot and ready for you to grab and go. The systems allow for fluid use as well as preventing the waste of materials.

 

We want to change the world, for the better. If that means reducing the number of pointless cups we use and/or throw away, then let it be. That is what this blog is all about, the Yimmies blog is about spreading knowledge, key in power and the sharing of information that revolves around this world of coffee and tea lovers. We will make Skokie the go to coffee shop. The goal is to make Skokie the city of coffee, and we are pretty confident that this will happen. We want to have a second Seattle, and with Yimmies and Skokie, and the power of coffee, we can achieve, and we hope you will join us.

 

So, be a hero and pick up your stuff, grab your book or laptop, head over to Yimmies, and when you make you order, ask for your drink to be, “for here”.

Yimmies' Top 5 Favorite Drinks

What would you rather choose, a classic cup of coffee, or a stick that tastes like a banana? Of course in this scenario a classic cup of coffee is, a cup of coffee and the stick that tastes like a banana is a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, which actually contains no pumpkin, doesn't make sense, right?...

*Mic Drop*

Here at Yimmies, we love to promote clean and authentic coffee. Gone are the days of non-filtered syrups, false advertising and 1,020 calories of Jamocha Pop Pepperment Mocha Whipped Frappumamajama lattes. We love the classics. Of course, nothing is wrong with a sugar craving here and there, by all means, knock yourself out.

You probably are asking by now, "So, beautiful, masculine and smart Yimmies editorial person, what do you prefer to drink?" And we knew you'd totally ask that! So we went ahead and ranked our top 5 favorite caffeinated beverages, with all the whipped cream and sprinkles included.


1. Latte

The latte, very classic, very traditional. The classy drink that never goes out of style, is a blend of perfectly pulled espresso, and the smoothest milk you can find. Always number 1 on our list. Of course, we also recommend ceramic.

Source: baristaexchange.com/photo/latte-art-837?context=latest

Source: baristaexchange.com/photo/latte-art-837?context=latest


2. French Praline Latte

Hazelnut, Vanilla, Brown sugar and Pecans, how delicious does that sound? Combined with some espresso which compliments well with hazelnut and pecan, they pair perfectly. Definitely a Yimmies special, we plan on selling in our coffee house. Not too sweet, not too bitter, perfect for the sweet tooth.

Source: cafepalazzo.com.au/product/200g-flavoured-coffees/french-vanilla-coffee-6x200g-pack

Source: cafepalazzo.com.au/product/200g-flavoured-coffees/french-vanilla-coffee-6x200g-pack


3. Cafe Au Lait

French, which literally translates to, "Coffee with Milk". Now, this isn't your typical coffee with half and half, definitely not. Cafe Au Lait is a beverage with half of it being rich skim or whole milk and the other half being coffee. This hot or cold drink leaves huge room for creativity, as you can make, for example, Horchata Cafe Au Lait, replacing the milk with Horchata which sounds delicious now that you think about it. Actually... we think we'll go make one now, be right back.

Source: pinterest.com/pin/193725221444461298

Source: pinterest.com/pin/193725221444461298


4. Caramel Cafe Americano

Translates from Italian to, "Coffee with Water". Americano is a delicacy, not for the light hearted. This caffeine packed beverage simply provides a +1 shot of espresso than the usual size, with a combination of hot water. Over the years of our coffee crafting experience, we have constantly indulged ourselves for this drink, but who knew caramel would work wonderfully with this beverage. Doubling as a creamer and a sweetener, a Caramel Cafe Americano is the perfect beverage for a hot day, or the cold winters as it can be done both iced and hot. We prefer the Caramel Cafe Americano iced.

Source: fiveelementscafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Americano

Source: fiveelementscafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Americano


5. Cappuccino

Ahh, the classic and original Cappuccino. The sister of the Latte, the beautiful and voluptuous foam complements the espresso with the up-most delight. This benchmark barista training beverage has coffee written all over it, and is the classic treat of hand crafted beverages. This drink leaves huge room for creativity often calling for art with syrup, foam stamps and 3D Art. Cappuccino's are definitely on our top 5 list for the luxury it provides in taste, thickness of milk, foam and espresso that just works oh so well with each other, and complements greatly with any flavored syrup. Enjoy.

Source: pinterest.com/pin/101260691594557338/

Source: pinterest.com/pin/101260691594557338/

That's about it, for now. Of course, we love all beverages, but these are on our top 5 beverages that we love the most! If you think there is a beverage that should of made it on the list, tell us why! Oh, and we have some honorable mentions below!

Honorable Mentions:

- Espresso

- Toffee Nut Latte

- Caramel Cold Brew

- Sarah White (Yimmies Exclusive)

- Cold Toe